Stonier plans intermodal growth

Freight forwarder Stonier Transportation Group is starting a new division to handle its intermodal business. By partnering with major Class I railroads across the United States, Jacksonville, FL-based Stonier said its Stonier Rail Connection division will offer a single-source intermodal service that will include railhead drayage at origin, premium rail equipment for the long-haul move and railhead

Freight forwarder Stonier Transportation Group is starting a new division to handle its intermodal business.

By partnering with major Class I railroads across the United States, Jacksonville, FL-based Stonier said its Stonier Rail Connection division will offer a single-source intermodal service that will include railhead drayage at origin, premium rail equipment for the long-haul move and railhead drayage at destination. The service will use a single Stonier bill of lading at an all-inclusive rate, with shipment tracking and tracing provided as well, the company said.

"While many of our customers ship with us via truck, we feel that a service option that offers them the benefits of truck-like service at rail prices will be very attractive," said Allen J. Steele, Stonier's chairman & CEO.

Steele added that Stonier Rail Connection is unique because it offers customers simplified zip-code pricing based on seasonality.

Stonier Rail Connection will initially focus on four sets of high-density traffic lanes. These are Chicago to Florida, central Indiana to Florida, metro New York and New England to Florida and Chicago to metro New York and New England.

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